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Me Dads old sayings

#1
I remember years ago whenever my Dad saw a woman in a red hat he used to say "Ha !!Red hat
no drawers", it was ages before I understood it, Bernard
 

Aidan

master brummie
#2
If the smileys were turned on for this thread Bernard I would be posting a shocked one.

Red hat, no drawers (or fur coat and no knickers) refers to prostitutes as prostitution was illegal they would wear a red hat so punters would recognise them. I believe it stems from c1920s but is there an earlier citation?
 
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Jayessa

Guest
#3
Haha! I remember my grandad saying that a lot when I was a kid, I took it quite literally at the time and always wondered why the elderly lady a few doors down, or indeed any other red hatted lady, was without her underwear.
 

Aidan

master brummie
#4
That's funny thanks Jayessa & welcome to the Forum. One wonders if there were any more serious misunderstandings as Red Hats (and/or fur coats) were surely fairly common?
 

dek carr

master brummie
#5
One of the sayings I remember was" They are all kippers and white lace curtains " Dek
 

Aidan

master brummie
#6
Hi Dek - Was it "Lace curtains and kippers for tea" - Someone who is all show?
 
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Elizabeth Redmond

Guest
#7
When I moved to Harborne 60s it was known as all" kippers and curtains" it took me a little while to find out what it meant
 
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Elizabeth Redmond

Guest
#9
It meant people who liked to look well off, "ie posh curtains" but lived very cheaply "ie kippers,
I couldn't even afford the posh curtains,lol
 

JohnO

master brummie
#10
If the smileys were turned on for this thread Bernard I would be posting a shocked one.

Red hat, no drawers (or fur coat and no knickers) refers to prostitutes as prostitution was illegal they would wear a red hat so punters would recognise them. I believe it stems from c1920s but is there an earlier citation?

I think the 'fur coat and no knickers' refers to social pretension rather than to the 'red hat' scenario ... aligned to 'all kippers and curtains' etc. Now, where did I leave my red cap...
 

Aidan

master brummie
#11
I think you may be right there JohnO. But where did Collars & Cuffs come in? That's one I've never understood the origin of.
 
#12
if we had played him up my dad used to say draw your horns in or ill do it for ya ......
 
#13
Another one of his saying, "The best way to kill time is to work it to death, Bernard
 
#14
Two of my Dad's favourites :-
When a coin was tossed he would call "What a cat's got". Naturally they assumed the call was tails....... But a cat has a head too.

When he thought someone was telling a lie he would say, "You must think that I came up on the down train"
 

dib44

Proud Brummie
#15
Two of my dads favourites,

"Up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire" time for bed, but one I never understood myself was,

If he saw a lady with her petticoat showing he would say "Charlie's Dead"
 
#16
If one of us answered him back he would say "Youve got too much of what a cat licks his A***E with,
Bernard
 

dereklcg

master brummie
#17
MY DAD WAS A BUTCHER BY TRADE,
THEY USED TO SPEAK WHAT WAS CALLED BUTCHERS BACK-SLANG,
IF THEY,D GET SOME OLD DEAR UM-IN AND R-IN,THEY WOULD USE IT.
WOC GIP AND SOME TIMES STRONGER..HAPPY DAYS DON,T KNOW IF THE STILL USE IT.
dereklcg
 
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Wendy

Guest
#18
Deck my Mom's family were butchers and my uncles would talk in back slang a lot so I learnt quite a bit. I went to a local butchers when we first moved to Tamworth and they said something in back slang not rude but about me. I answered them in back slang and there faces were priceless! You don't hear it much now although I have heard it down the meat market.

 
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G G Jean

Brummy Wench.
#19
Thanks Dek and Wendy for the photo's. My dad used to say about the height of a woman "her legs go right up to her bum". Well not quite that it began with A..
 
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Wendy

Guest
#20
Ha Ha Jean my Dad used to say that too!
 
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